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It’s final: Federal contractors must use E-Verify

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The federal government’s requirement that contractors confirm employee eligibility through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify database has overcome its final legal hurdle.

Several government contractors had sued to block implementation of the online verification requirement, but a September federal court decision in Maryland cleared the way for it to take effect.

Now employers with federal contracts worth more than $100,000 must use E-Verify to check the work eligibility status of newly hired employees, as well as current employees who work directly on a contract. The requirement applies to federal contracts and subcontracts let on or after Sept. 8, 2009.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) web site offers compliance detail on E-Verify, including who must comply and how, at

Several states have passed laws requiring all employers to use the E-Verify system, and Congress is considering legislation that would take the mandate nationwide.

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